Metal News for March 7, 2005
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SERPENT LIGHT, the new "progressive black/power metal" band featuring Swedish guitarist Mika (Sadist) Leppänen (also in NIFELHEIM) and American metal vocalist Sheena Khan, will record a three-song demo at Studio Shaark in the Czech Republic. The demo songtitles are as follows:
01. The Flame
03. In Darkness
A late spring/early summer release is expected. SERPENT LIGHT's current lineup is completed by Daniel Eriksson (bass) and David Flood (drums).
Norwegian extreme metal band MINDGRINDER, featuring ex-SOURCE OF TIDE drummer/keyboardist Cosmocrator (on bass/vocals), have parted ways with drummer Dan. "His leaving has a mutual understanding within the band and is from the given circumstances the best solution for MINDGRINDER," reads a posting on the group's web site. "At the same time we are proud to welcome Nex (EVILIZER, ex-DISIPLIN) on board the MG-tank as a new permanent batterist!"
As previously reported, MINDGRINDER recently completed work on their sophomore album, "Riot Detonator", at Akkerhaugen Lydstudio (EMPEROR, ZYKLON, WINDIR ), tentatively due this spring via Nocturnal Art Productions. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Rebellion", "Concept of Honesty", "Obligation to Prevail" and "Warhead". A video for the song "Pathetic Submission" was filmed last month.
Commented Cosmocrator: "The material is extreme, brutal and intense, based on the strongest material from the first album, but taking it even further in all ways. The expression is way more dynamic, raw and complete this time!"
The set times have been revealed for this year's Maryland Death Fest, scheduled to take place May 28th and 29th at the House Of Rock in White Marsh, MD. They are as follows:
Saturday, May 28 - Doors at 1 PM
SCREAMING AFTERBIRTH - 1:30 - 2:00
PROPHECY - 2:15 - 2:45
KILL THE CLIENT - 3:00 - 3:30
WARSCARS - 3:45 - 4:15
ROTTENNESS - 4:30 - 5:00
LORD GORE - 5:15 - 5:45
MISERY INDEX - 6:00 - 6:30
PIG DESTROYER - 6:45 - 7:15
LENG TCH'E - 7:30 - 8:10
WORMED - 8:25 - 9:05
GRONIBARD - 9:20 - 10:00
ABSCESS - 10:15 - 10:55
REGURGITATE - 11:10 - 11:50
CRYPTOPSY - 12:10 - end of show
Sunday, May 29 - Doors at 1 PM
AMOEBIC DYSENTERY - 1:30 - 2:00
DESPISED ICON - 2:15 - 2:45
XXX MANIAK - 3:00 - 3:30
SPLATTERHOUSE - 3:45 - 4:15
ION DISSONANCE - 4:30 - 5:00
BODIES LAY BROKEN - 5:15 - 5:45
GHOUL - 6:00 - 6:30
CAPHARNAUM - 6:45 - 7:15
ROTTEN SOUND - 7:30 - 8:10
BIRDFLESH - 8:25 - 9:05
ABORTED - 9:20 - 10:00
IMPALED - 10:15 - 10:55
GENERAL SURGERY - 11:10 - 11:50
IMMOLATION - 12:10 - end of show
STATIC-X have confirmed the re-joining of guitarist Koichi Fukuda back to the band. An update by frontman Wayne Static is as follows:
"I am very excited to announce that former Static-X guitarist Koichi Fukuda has rejoined the band. Koichi was with us back in the club days here in Los Angeles, played on our first record, Wisconsin Death Trip, and did the first two years of touring with the band. He's been in the studio with us since October working on the new record and this feels like a very natural transition. The first shows with Koichi will be at the Galaxy in Santa Ana on March 25th and at the Key Club in Hollywood on March 26th. We'll be releasing details very soon about more extensive touring plans as well as the title and release date for the new record. Tony, Nick, and I want to thank all of you for your continued support...you guys have never let us down. Thanks! -Wayne Static"
Evergreen Terrace have finished recording their next album for Eulogy Recordings. Entitled "Sincerity Is An Easy Disguise In ThiS Business," the effort is currently being mixed and mastered at Vision Sound in Jacksonville, FL. Meanwhile, artwork is being completed and the album should be available in June.
System of a Down has confirmed that Disc One ("Mezmerize") from the band's 2-disc set, "Mezmerize/Hypnotize," will be released on May 17, 2005. Disc Two ("Hypnotize") is expected to see a late fall release.
The first single from "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" will be the track "B.Y.O.B." [Bring Your Own Bombs] which will hit the airwaves this month. The song, which questions a president's involvement in the business of war, balances a near-R&B groove - "Everybody's going to the party have a real good time/Dancing in the desert blowing up the sunshine" - with the song's recurring demand, "Why don't presidents fight the war?/Why do they always send the poor?/Why do they always send the poor?"
System of a Down will relaunch their website - www.systemofadown.com this evening. The revamped site will offer intriguing glimpses of the artwork for ³Mezmerize/Hypnotize,² much of which was designed and painted by Vartan Malakian, guitarist/producer Daron Malakian's father.
System of a Down wrote some thirty tracks for "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" and recorded them at producer Rick Rubin's Laurel Canyon studio between June and November of 2004. The album was produced by Rubin and Daron Malakian and mixed by Andy Wallace, who also mixed "Toxicity" and "Steal This Album!" The new songs are more complex, more progressive, more unorthodox, and more experimental than ever, while retaining the idiosyncratic, ironic and schizophrenic qualities that make System of a Down so distinctive. Topics include relationships, the evils of television and corporate mind control, the mysteries of life and death, and a surreal experience at a celebrity baseball game. Some of the song titles are "Radio Video," "Old School Hollywood," "Cigaro," "Lost in Hollywood," "Question," "Vicinity of Obscenity" and "Revenga." The decision to release the two discs six months apart was made simply to give fans time to get into and really live with the music from Disc One before plunging into Disc Two.
Six Reasons To Kill is currently in the Kohlekeller Studios recording their first full length in years. Drums and guitars are already done. Watch out for this release to see the light of day early summer 2005.
The "Sounds of the Underground Tour" will rival Ozzfest and tickets will range from $20- $25. Bands include:
Lamb of God(main stage headliner)
Gwar (second stage headliner)
All That Remains
Poison the Well
Strapping Young Lad
A Life Once Lost
Every Time I Die
Terror / Madball (half of the tour each)
Mushroomhead have replaced and are working on a new new album.
Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose sent out the following update in the group's latest newsletter: "It's been a while since I've talked to everyone. Things are incredible for us right now and I hope everything is great with y'all as well. As you know [new guitarist] Sonny [Mayo, ex-Snot/Amen] is in our family and actually has been a brother to us for many years. We've been in Orlando for a little over a month bonding and it's been amazing.
"Sonny has brought so much to the table musically as well as spiritually. I can't describe how happy we all are. We will be hitting the road in early April and can't wait to see all of you. There is so much more to talk about, but we'll leave that to another time. It will be in the near future though, so just be a liiiiitle patient.
"We love you guys and can't tell you how thankful we are to have you as family to all of us. Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks."
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has posted the following message on his Butt Sex Crips web site: "Well, the writing [for the new album] is almost done. I have been having fun watching my ex-guitar player [Brian 'Head' Welch] bash us. What can I say but good luck, bro. I'm done with your false crusade. Korn will keep 'poluting' the world as long as we have fans. Life is fu**in crazy. Damn, fu** it. Anyways, the music you're gonna hear on this album is the best sh** we have ever done. It's insane. I can't wait to record it."
I took a bunch of pictures when I was at the Atreyu, Unearth, Norma Jean and Scars of Tomorrow show in Philadelphia on February 28th, at the Trocadero Theater. Due to weather problems I arrived late so only pictures of Atreyu and Unearth are in the gallery. Head on over to the gallery to check 'em out, click here.
While the band themselves remain resolutely silent, an increasing number of European festivals have announced that the classic 'Among The Living' line-up will be appearing this Summer. The latest is Germany's With Full Force, which happens from July 1-3 in Lobnitz. This would see Joey Belladonna (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar) and Frank Bello (bass) re-unite with guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante. Aside from Anthrax, Will Full Force is also to feature Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Misfits, Fear Factory, In Flames, Killswitch Engage and Suicidal Tendencies.